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Dental Implants Versus Veneers – Everything You Need to Know

Dental implants versus Veneers, which is the right choice for you? The simple answer to this question is that one treatment is not better than the other. The most important distinction is that an implant is designed to replace a missing tooth, whilst veneers will only cover an existing tooth.

Both can bring a huge improvement to your smile (and thus to your confidence) but there are some differences between the two treatments and how they can benefit you. In some cases, it simply comes down to personal choice, and having all the facts and knowledge to hand can be really helpful.

A good, professional private dentist will explain all the pros of both types of dental work thoroughly. They will also help you to make the right choice based on your lifestyle and personal needs. Let’s take a look at the pros of both treatments and how they are carried out.

Dental Implants or Veneers – Which is Right For You?

Implants and veneers both have distinct advantages. The factors that patients must consider are the aesthetics, the procedural technique and also the financial aspects of the treatment. Implants are suitable as a treatment to replace a missing tooth, veneers will cover an existing tooth.

  • Dental Implants

A dental implant is a replacement root for your tooth, which is built to be as hard wearing as a natural tooth root. In some cases, it can end up becoming stronger.

Implants are a threaded post of titanium alloy, that is then securely screwed in place on to the jawbone.

After the procedure and over a course of roughly three to six months it will naturally meld into the jaw. This process is known as osseo-integration.

Porcelain crowns can be attached over implants, and multiple implants can support a full set of artificial teeth, usually just by using an abutment.

The procedure to apply implants takes place over several appointments, but there is little to no pain during the procedure and if you are worried or anxious about the treatment Aesthetika work with a dental phobia nurse who will help put you at ease.

Implant procedure usually follows the following steps:

  • Consultation and initial examination: This is the most essential first step. On your first appointment you will discuss your options with your private dentist. Your dental history will be examined and examine your mouth to ascertain your current dental health. X-Rays will be taken to look at your jaw bone. This is important, to make sure your jaw bone is able to support this procedure and will be able to stand up to everyday tasks such as eating, drinking and talking.
  • Extraction of Poor Teeth: If any of your existing teeth are not in the best condition and likely to give you problems further down the line, they will be removed, and your gums given time to heal over properly.
  • Implant installation: Holes are drilled into the structure at pre-calculated placements and angles. The implants are then fitted with an abutment, which will assist the artificial teeth later. Any gum flesh is then stitched over the implants. After this procedure the patient will have to wait three to six months for osseo-integration to occur.
  • Crown placement: Once osseo-integration has occurred another appointment will be made. Specially created crowns are affixed to the implants through the abutments. If all the teeth are being restored, then a complete set of fourteen teeth can be supported on four different angled implants.

The Benefits of Dental implants?

  • Long Life. With proper care, they can last up to, or indeed over, twenty years.
  • No deterioration over time. Discoloration, cracking or dislocation will not occur.
  • Osseo-integration. These implants are designed to perform osseo-integration (in other words, fusion with the bone) this enhances their life and gives them strength. Osseo-integration means that the implants also become a part of the patient’s mouth.
  • Bone Growth. To a certain degree, implants can also encourage bone growth.
  • No real aftercare required. Regular oral hygiene is all that is needed to support implants. You don’t need to avoid any foods or drinks.
  • No dental caries or gum disease. Implant supported teeth can’t slip off and won’t suffer from decay.
  • Full mouth restoration. Implants can be used for full mouth restoration, in a single jaw.


Veneers are a shell like cap, usually less than half a millimetre in thickness. They are available in a wide range of shades and colours so they can be made to match the natural colour of your teeth perfectly, without any noticeable difference.

They are usually applied to the front teeth but can also be used on upper, lower, or both sets of teeth too.

They offer an answer to patients who wish to cover up any damaged, discoloured, or cracked teeth. As they are translucent, they will reflect the appearance of natural teeth. However, if teeth are badly stained coloured veneers can be applied, too.

Two visits to the dentists are required for this type of procedure.

  • Impressions: The dentist will take an impression of your teeth and send this to the lab so that the veneers can be manufactured. The colour, shade, and material type that has been previously chosen by you and the dentist will also be sent along to the lab.
  • Application of veneers: In the second appointment, the teeth are prepped, and the veneers are cemented onto them.

The Benefits of Veneers

Veneers are the perfect solution to cover up the following aesthetic issues and concerns:

  • Discoloured teeth
  • Teeth with gaps
  • Teeth that are chipped
  • Cracked teeth
  • Crooked or deformed teeth

Choose Aesthetika For Your Implants or Veneers

If you’re still unsure or would like to speak to one of our private Kingston Dentists about the pros of either implants or veneers, then you can contact us for an appointment, where we can discuss all your options with you and help you make the right decision.

It is often down to personal choice, health concerns and general oral health as to which procedure one of our expert dentists will guide you towards.

You can also find further information here on Implants and here for  Porcelain Veneers. We look forward to hearing from you soon.


Composite Veneers or Porcelain Veneers – Which is Best? 

Composite Veneers or Porcelain Veneers, which is best? As with many of the different dental procedures on offer it can often be purely down to personal choice!  

Opting to have veneers fitted whatever they’re composed of is one of the first, excellent steps you can take to improve the aesthetics of your teeth and of course, your overall confidence.  

A happy, healthy smile is one of the real, genuine differences you can make to your appearance that says you care about yourself.  

Choosing a good quality private dentist to carry out the work, means you are investing in the best for your oral health now, and in the future too.  

Choosing Composite or Porcelain Veneers 

Opting to have veneers placed is the first step in improving the aesthetics of your teeth. The second is making sure you choose the right material to have them made from.  

The two most commonly used materials for veneers are composite resin and porcelain. If you choose an experienced private Kingston dentist to carry out the work for you, then you can be assured that whatever the material you choose you will have a transformed smile.  

How do you know whether composite or porcelain is right for you? Typically, this will come down to your specific requirements and which of the following are important to you: 

  • Cost 
  • Treatment time 

What Are The Advantages of Composite Veneers? 

There are advantages to both of these aesthetic treatments, and it is always best to talk to your private dentist about any procedure you are considering. 

  • Cost 

Perhaps the chief advantage of Composite Veneers over Porcelain is their cost.  Porcelain Veneers can sometimes work out to be more expensive than their composite counterparts. However, the cost of veneers will always vary, and it is best to discuss this with your private dentist so you know exactly what you will receive for your money.  

  • Same day treatment 

Composite veneers can be a same day treatment. They are sculpted on to your teeth, rather than being made in a lab which is off-site. This ‘tooth shaped’ resin is directly applied to teeth and then it can be sculpted and shaped by the dentist treating you. It is then hardened with a high-intensity light, and after this more layers of resin can be applied if they are needed until the desired aesthetics are achieved. Once the resin is in place, it needs to be polished to make it look like natural tooth.  

  • Less invasive 

The above factors, and the methods that are used in their application to the teeth often means that the composite veneer procedure can be much less invasive and noticeably quicker than applying porcelain veneers.  

  • They can be removed and replaced 

Perhaps the other main advantage is that composite veneers have an element of reversibility. With these types of veneers, there is minimal prep work required on your teeth, so this means that in the first instance they are not permanently altered. In the event the composite needs to be removed or replaced, it can be done as needed.  

What Are The Advantages of Porcelain Veneers? 

There are also distinct advantages to opting for porcelain veneers too.  

  • Durability 

Porcelain veneers are extremely durable. It is a naturally stronger substance than composite resin. Porcelain veneers that are well maintained can last anything up to fifteen years. There’s an important trade off, in that whilst composites might cost less, they might not last quite as long. However, that said, good quality composite veneers, professionally applied can last for up to a decade.  

  • Natural 

Many private dentists agree that a porcelain veneer will offer the most ‘natural’ tooth like aesthetics. This is because it appears quite translucent, and thus looks quite similar to normal tooth enamel. Porcelain is also more resistant to staining and chipping.  

  • Embracing more modern technologies 

Whilst the procedure to apply porcelain veneers is much more involved, more dentists are opting to use different and up to date technologies which means that on-site fabrication is sometimes possible. Always speak to your dentist about the sort of technology they have to hand, as this can sometimes reduce overall treatment time. Even if veneers are made off site, your dentist will supply you with temporary veneers, so that you are not left high and dry.  

  • Perfect solution for damaged teeth 

Porcelain veneers offer a really suitable treatment for cases in which tooth enamel is worn, or there is distinct wear and tear to the teeth. As an example, significant discolouration or issues that affect the spacing of teeth can be treated with porcelain veneers and can offer a natural looking approach to fixing aesthetic concerns.  

Composite or Porcelain? Choose Aesthetika For a Free Consultation 

The best course of action when deciding if composite or porcelain veneers are the right option for you is to speak to your dentist and have a thorough consultation with them.  

Think about the things that are most important to you. If it’s a cost effective solution, then composite might be the way forward. If your main concerns are aesthetics or repairing the look of damaged or worn teeth, then porcelain might be the better option.  

However, regardless of the material you opt for in the end, both composite and porcelain veneers will really offer you the enhancement to your smile that you have been looking for, for years. Aesthetika is the solution for your composite and porcelain veneersContact us for a free consultation 


How Much are Veneers? 

If you’ve been wondering about investing the time and money into some cosmetic dental procedures, you’ve probably wondered how much are veneers Over the last decade a raft of makeover shows, and now increasingly social media influencers have sought to prove the worth of having a beautiful, pearly white smile that many of us want to replicate. This can have the effect of making people feel self-conscious when being photographed, because of the shame in having discoloured, chipped or cracked teeth.  In these more media-oriented times, it seems that one in three of us is now considering some form of cosmetic dental enhancement to give confidence back. It’s possible to find a solution to this issue, but finding the right private dentist is essential for any kind of cosmetic procedure.  

What are Veneers? 

Veneers are thin strips of pearl white porcelain that can be bonded to one or more teeth to hide staining, discolouration or cracking.  The damaged tooth needs to be filed down first and then this instant beautifier can be fixed securely over the top. They are more natural looking than false teeth and can provide a quicker and faster solution than crowns or caps, which are often an invasive dental procedure.  It’s possible to pick the right shade of veneer for you, and to know that they will fit naturally with the rest of your teeth. Veneers can also be used to fill in small gaps in the smile, that other orthodontic procedures can’t fix.  

Why Choose Veneers? 

Why choose veneers? If you’re unsure or need to examine reasons why this procedure might be the best option for you, then here are three major reasons to speak to a Kingston Dentist about seeking this form of treatment.  
  • Brighten and whiten your smile 

Over time, the food and drink we consume takes its toll on our teeth. Tannins in tea and coffee and compounds from food can turn them yellow or brown. If you’re a smoker then this only makes the issue worse. It is possible to have bleaching or whitening procedures done at the dentist, but this is something that needs to be kept on top of. An easy way to whiten for good is to invest in porcelain veneers.  
  • Minor Cosmetic Issues Can be Fixed 

Veneers can often be used to correct minor dental issues that other orthodontic treatments can’t fix. As they are attached to the front surface of your teeth, they can camouflage small issues such as crooked teeth or gaps. Although they will only cover the issue, the only people that need know you have a slight imperfection are you, and your dentist. In some cases, orthodontic treatment might be the preferred method and it is always best to seek the advice of a trained dental professional in such matters.  
  • Damage to Tissues in the Mouth Can Be Minimised 

Overzealous tooth brushing or eating acidic foods can all have an effect on the tissues in your mouth, pushing back or eroding them. If you suffer from gastrointestinal problems that mean you produce a lot of stomach acid, or have reflux, this can also create problems too. Having veneers fitted can help stop this problem from worsening and correct any cosmetic issues that might have been created by any of the above.  

Choose the Right Dentist 

Committing to having veneers is one step of the process, knowing and choosing the right dentist to perform the procedure is another. There are growing demands for different types of dental cosmetic procedures and making sure you find someone you can trust and who is fully qualified is key.  A good quality veneer that fits properly and is comfortable needs a skilled private dentist to carry out the work. The maximum amount of tooth should be conserved. One of the key criteria for a well fitted veneer is that another dentist should not be able to spot it unless they examine you very closely.  Poorly fitted veneers can often appear bathroom-fixture white, and the porcelain they are made from is poor quality and will not be durable. Skilled technicians at a private Kingston Dentist clinic such as Aesthetika will use high quality materials to create an individually tailored veneer that will last and provide protection and durability.  Teeth are not uniform in size or colour and that is why getting a good colour match is essential. We’ll take the time to make sure we talk to you and help you choose correctly.  If a row of veneers needs to be fitted, an expert dental clinic such as ours will also work with the patient to make sure the shape and length of the teeth are also accommodated.  This is very important in terms of matching your front teeth on the top and bottom rows. A little tooth length needs to be visible, especially when the lips are relaxed. The upper teeth also need to follow the curve of the bottom lip.   The width of a smile needs to be considered too and adjustments will need to be made in order to make sure that your smile shows off you, and your personality and not a row of false looking teeth!  

How Much Do Veneers Cost?  

This will depend very much on the number of teeth that need treatment. Your dentist will be able to advise you of how much veneers will cost, alongside the colour match that will suit you best.  You can always book a free consultation with us, to talk to us about the procedure and what to expect. Call us today if you’re interested in having veneers to Find out more how we can help  


How Long Do Veneers Last?

Veneers are the perfect solution for you if you want to gain that beautiful smile that you have always wanted. They work for people with tooth decay, uneven bites and severely stained teeth. Veneers that are of a high quality and placed by an experienced dentist can last for a surprisingly long time with proper care.

So how long do veneers last? While being very durable, veneers are not permanent. They usually last for between 10 and 15 years. During these time, they may still require a few cosmetic repairs.

The most common type of veneers is porcelain veneers. These are typically thin shells of medically treated ceramic that are attached to the surface of teeth. They are usually custom made for each individual patient and look as close to natural teeth as possible.

Veneers are used for a variety of dental issues. They may be used for cosmetic dental corrections, teeth whitening or even orthodontic adjustments. These include chipped teeth, cracked teeth, gaps between teeth, misaligned teeth and discolouration. This, along with being almost lifelike, makes veneers one of the most popular cosmetic dental procedures.

A Short History Of Veneers

In the 1920s, Dr Charles Pincus, a Hollywood dentist, came up with the idea of using veneers to give actors and actresses brighter smiles on screen. He used temporary fronts on the teeth of stars which gave them bright smiles. However, it wasn’t until the 1960s that Dr Michael Bunocore created a stronger bonding solution which made it possible to affix the porcelain for longer. In 1982, JR Calamia and RJ Simonsen used the techniques of Dr Michael Bunocore, making veneers last even longer while also making them available to everyone.

Today, veneers are more lifelike than ever. Technological innovations have made them stronger, and it is now possible to recreate nearly perfect dental matches within a very short time by using digital imaging systems.

What Can Damage Veneers?

Veneers can be damaged through accidents, natural wear or even your diet. These damages significantly shorten the lifespan of the veneers. As a rule of thumb, anything that can damage natural teeth can also damage your veneers.

According to the American Dental Association, veneers can be stained just like natural teeth through exposure to some foods and drinks like coffee, tea and wine. They can also chip and crack just like natural teeth especially when you bite down on very hard foods. Luckily, good dental professionals can easily fix these damages.

Reasons Why Veneers May Not Be The Right Choice For You

For you to get veneers, you need to have healthy gums and teeth. If you have any prior underlying dental issues such as tooth decay, root canal infection or gum disease, you may not qualify for veneers. Patients with such issues need to be treated for them first before being cleared for any cosmetic enhancement.

If you want to get veneers, you need to understand that the procedure is irreversible. The dentist has to shave your enamel or remove a layer of enamel from it before attaching the veneer. Once this is done, you will need to replace the veneers or find an alternative restoration procedure to take their place. Your teeth can no longer be naturally exposed, as the enamel has been weakened. This means that the decision to get veneers placed should not be taken lightly.

For some patients, stronger replacement ceramics may be required after their veneers get damaged. Some of these cases include patients who suffer from bruxism and those who play contact sports. Your dentist need s to evaluate your case individually and offer his recommendations.

So What Can You Do To Make Your Veneers Last Longer?

The natural lifespan of veneers is 10-15 years. Although there is nothing you can do to increase this number, it can significantly be shortened if you do not take care of your veneers as you should. Treating them well and following the guidelines set by your dentist is the only way to get the most out of your veneers before you have to replace them at the end of their natural lifespan.

Getting veneers placed can be quite an investment, so if you want to get your money’s worth out of it, you need to make sure that they last for as long as possible. You need to follow your dentist’s directions to the latter. That being said, here are a few general tips on how to properly care for your veneers:

1. Your Teeth Are Not Tools.

Your Teeth are not replacement scissors or bottle openers or heaven knows what else. Almost everyone is guilty of taking this shortcut when faced with a loose string or a simple knot that needs cutting. However, once you have veneers placed, you can no longer indulge in this guilty pleasure. This is one of the fastest ways to chip a veneer, so if you want them to last, do not use your teeth as tools.

2. You Cannot Go Wrong With Good Oral Hygiene Practices.

Veneers stain just like normal teeth do. The foods you eat are the primary sources of these stains, so you need to watch what you eat. Drinks like tea, coffee and wine need to be taken in moderation. Also, remember to brush your teeth twice a day and don’t forget to floss. Visit your dentist at least twice a year for your semi-annual checkup and clean up.

3. Don’t Grind Your Teeth.

If you have the bad habit of grinding your teeth when you sleep or clenching them when you are concentrating on something, you need to talk to your dentist about it and how it can affect your veneers. Bruxism, or grinding your teeth in your sleep, can severely shorten the lifespan of your veneers. You can easily fix the issue by using a mouth guard at night.

4. If You Play Contact Sports, Wear Oral Protection.

The same goes for any activity that may result in impacts to the face. Make sure you have a mouth guard on because these activities can easily lead to chipped or cracked veneers.

Do Veneers Hurt?

Veneers look and feel as natural as normal teeth. They should not be uncomfortable or painful, and you should definitely talk to your dentist if you experience any discomfort.

Most patients also often wonder whether the process of getting veneers placed hurts. Before your veneers are placed, your teeth need to be filed down. This process is mildly uncomfortable, but it is not painful. Furthermore, every good dentist will do their best to make your experience as comfortable as possible. For patients with dental phobia, sedation may be offered if it is necessary. However, typically, the process is totally pain-free and sedation is not needed.

So How Much Do Veneers Cost?

The cost of veneers usually differs from patient to patient. Some of the causes of these variations include the number of teeth that need veneers, the type of veneers used, placement procedures, the location of the dental practice, and the experience of the dentist. All these factors act together to influence the final cost of the procedure. Typically, veneers can be quite expensive, costing several hundred dollars per tooth. This is one of the main reasons why you need to take good care of them.

Final Thoughts

Veneers can last a really long time if you take care of them well. Although they are one of the fastest ways to get that perfect smile, you need to properly take care of them if you want to get the most out of them. Otherwise, you will have to do frequent and expensive repairs, and nobody wants that.

People Also Ask:

1. How Long Do Veneers Last On Front Teeth?

Veneers on front teeth are often the most susceptible to damage. This is because they are the primary points of contact with everything, from staining foods to impacts to the face. However, with proper care and by following the tips above, there is no reason why they should not for over a decade.

2. How Long Does It Take To Get Veneers Fitted?

The process of veneer fitting form initial consultation to final placement usually takes an average of 2 to 4 weeks. The first stage immediately after the initial consultation is having temporary veneers made. Your teeth will then be prepared and your temporary veneers placed. Finally, your custom veneers will be fabricated. This entire process happens over two to three visits.

3. Are Temporary Veneers Really Necessary?

During the veneer fitting process, some patients usually wonder why they can’t skip the temporary veneer stage and go right to getting their custom veneers fabricated. Well, temporary veneers are essential for two main reasons. First, they help our patients get a general idea of what the final custom veneers will look and feel like. If there are any issues, it is easier to make changes at this stage. Secondly, they help protect your teeth until the final veneers are placed.

4. Are Veneers Permanent?

No. Veneers are not a permanent replacement for teeth. Although they can last for over a decade, they still naturally wear and need to be replaced. Furthermore, during these time, they may still require a few cosmetic repairs, depending on how you use them.

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